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Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - June 2009

The following were amongst items discussed at Parish Council meetings and information received by the Clerk. The full minutes may be found here.

1. Annual Parish Meeting & update on A14 The annual village meeting at Girton Glebe School on 7th May was a great success with over 90 residents attending to hear Andrew Lansley MP on the expansion of the A14, and acknowledge Girton's concerns about increased noise and pollution. He promised to raise these issues with Barbara Follett MP, Minister for the East of England, and Lord Adonis, Minister of State for Transport. We await developments.

2. Vacancy on the Parish Council Owing to various pressures Councillor Robin Hodgkinson has regretfully resigned. The Council would like to thank him for all he has done for Girton. This leaves a vacancy which will be advertised through the formal routes. If you would be interested in serving your community please contact the Clerk or the Chairman for information.

3. New lease for St Johns Field The Parish Council has negotiated an extended 10 year lease for St John's Field. This informal area between the Millennium Wood and Recreation Ground greatly adds to our green spaces and is well used by walkers, runners, cyclists and dog walkers.

4. Plans for dog walking route around the Recreation Ground The Parish Council has recognised the need to clarify where dogs can be walked with and without leads. Our primary concern is to protect the children's play area and sports fields from dog faeces which are a serious health hazard. Input from dog owners to our discussions would be welcome. Whether on our green open spaces or village streets the message is the same please clean up after your dog.

5. Burger and curry van An application has been made for a street trading consent for a curry and burger van in Elstree Insurance Broker's car park by the Co-op. Despite making representations against this proposal approval has been given by SCDC for a 3 month trial.

6. Fly tipping and bonfires There have been a number of occasions recently when members of the village have left their household and other rubbish in the recreation car park recycling area. SCDC's Environmental Services Department is taking action. Please dispose of your waste properly. Do not risk a large fine!

Several complaints have been received about the burning of plastics and other inappropriate materials in back gardens. Bonfires can be deemed to be a statutory nuisance under Section 79(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Health and Environmental Services at SCDC on 08450 450 063 can provide advice. See: www.scambs.gov.uk/environment/pollution/airpollution/bonfires.htm

7. Trees at Weaver's Field Wimpeys have advised that two houses near the entrance to Weaver's Field are experiencing problems from tree roots. Some trees planted on the bunding strip between the houses and the A14. will therefore need to be removed.

Forthcoming Meeting. The Annual Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th June 2009 at St Vincent's Close Community Centre. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm. Members of the parish are welcome to speak during the public session.